Previous Webinars & Presentations

Understanding the community college funding model

Texas’ community colleges are vital to the economic well-being of the state. In order for colleges to effectively serve their communities, they must be funded appropriately, which is our primary legislative priority. This webinar will provide insight regarding the Texas community college funding model and various factors that impact institutional budgets.


  • Karla Metzler, Board Chair, North Central Texas College Board of Regents

  • Dr. Van Miller, Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs, North Central Texas College

  • Dr. Brent Wallace, Chancellor, North Central Texas College


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Backing Career-Focused Programs 

Texas community colleges are the state's engine for economic recovery.  During this webinar, trustees will have the opportunity to learn more about the TACC Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE) workforce initiative and how effective boards are helping colleges get Texans back to work.  


  • Andres Alcantar, Senior Workforce Lead, Texas Association of Community Colleges
  • Jay Barrett, Board Member, Amarillo College; Board Member, Community College Association of Texas Trustees

  • Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, Vice President, Texas Success Center
  • Carol Scott, Board Member, Del Mar College; Board Chair, Community College Association of Texas Trustees

Moderator: Dr. Martha Ellis, Senior Pathways Lead, Texas Success Center


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Using the Best Tools for Informed Advocacy 

The 87th Texas Legislative Session gaveled in on January 12 in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the continued impact of COVID-19 remains unknown, legislators have agreed on the administrative rules that will guide the creations of this session’s budget recommendations and policy solutions.

Please join us as we discuss what to expect from the 87th Texas Legislature, how to stay up to date on legislation, and how to effectively advocate for your institution in the pandemic environment.


  • Dr. Johnette McKown, President, McLennan Community College

  • K. Paul Holt, Board Chair, McLennan Community College Trustee

  • Dustin Meador, Director of Government Relations, Texas Association of Community Colleges

  • Dr. Manuel Gonzalez, Director, Community College Association of Texas Trustees, Host

  • Robert Glaser, Board Chair, Houston Community College, Host


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Setting the Strategic Direction for Student Success

As we begin this new year and webinar series, trustees will have an opportunity to share and learn ways to envision a future for student success.


  • Host: Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, Vice President, Texas Success Center 
  • Dr. Martha Ellis, Senior Pathways Lead, Texas Success Center, Moderator 
  • Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College District, Chair, Texas Association of Community Colleges,  
  • Marie Flickinger, Chair, San Jacinto College District Board 
  • Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor, Alamo Colleges, Board member Achieving the Dream 
  • Joe  Alderete Jr., Vice-Chair, Alamo College District 
  • Dr. Brenda Kays, President, Kilgore College, Executive Council Member, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 
  • Joe Carrington, Chair, Kilgore College Board 


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87th Texas Legislative Session Policy Priorities

The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT) will discuss the current state of the Texas Legislature, the outlook for the 87th Texas Legislative Session, and the policy priorities TACC and CCATT will advance this session.

Dustin Meador, TACC Director of Government Relations, will provide an overview of the economic impact the Texas Legislature is facing as a result of COVID-19 and share insight regarding the pandemic's influence on both policy and process this session.

This virtual discussion includes an audience Q&A.

Speakers: Jacob Fraire & Dusitn Meador 

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Strengthening Rural Community Colleges - 

October 29, 2020

Over the past 18 months, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has conducted a comprehensive assessment of the needs of rural community colleges throughout the country. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are over 260 rural community colleges in the United States that educate nearly 670,000 students a year. In addition to offering educational opportunities and vocational training, community colleges often represent the largest employer in their communities. In order to best serve these colleges and their students, it is critical that we understand their successes and their challenges, and develop policy solutions to support rural institutions and their communities in achieving academic and economic prosperity. During this webinar, Jee Hang Lee and Rachel Rush-Marlowe from ACCT will provide context for this work and share preliminary findings based off their stakeholder interviews and surveys.

Speakers: Jee Hang Lee and Rachel Rush-Marlowe


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Creating a Culture of Caring - 

Septemeber 24, 2020

Amarillo College, a current top 10 finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, is nationally renowned for its “Culture of Caring” embraced by college leadership, faculty, and staff. Through data-supported intentional actions, Amarillo College commits itself to addressing student-defined needs, eliminating barriers, and loving students to success. Amarillo College’s “Culture of Caring” illustrates that by addressing student poverty and basic need barriers, students will complete their education as they create a better life for themselves, their families, and their community.

Speakers: Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart and Johnny Mize

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Trellis’ Student Financial Wellness Survey: Results and Implications -

August 20, 2020

A presentation of findings from Trellis' newly released Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS) report. These results from the Fall 2019 semester survey provide new insights on students who work while attending college, those who support family members while in college, and other key financial behaviors (including the use of student loans, credit cards, and payday and auto title loans). Trellis’ SFWS received responses from more than 38,000 undergraduate students from 78 colleges and universities in 20 states. This presentation includes a discussion of topics specific to community colleges.

Speakers: Kasey Klepfer


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Open for (Virtual) Business: Considerations for Virtual Board Meetings & Business - June 11, 2020

COVID-19 has forced trustees & regents to quickly transition to new technology and virtual platforms as tools to conduct business. Though these new resources create opportunities for connectedness and engagement, trustees & regents must be considerate of the governance responsibilities associated with virtual meetings (i.e. Open Meetings Act, Texas Public Information Act, etc.). In this webinar, Amy Magee, Texas Association of School Boards Director of Community College Services, will provide insight on items to consider and issues to avoid as you conduct meetings and business virtually.

Speakers: Amy Magee, J.D. 

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